Are You Considering an Abortion?
Abortion is a major decision. And women consider abortion for many different reasons. You have the power to make the best decision for you but it is important to know about abortion risks and procedures. At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we encourage you to learn about all of your options, including abortion. We will help you understand the different procedures and what you can expect. Gather your questions and make an appointment today to meet with one of our advocates before scheduling an abortion.
Having answers to these questions will help you determine what you should do.
Am I really pregnant?
Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, you should confirm your pregnancy with a medical-quality pregnancy test and an ultrasound. A pregnancy may be detected as early as 7 to 10 days after conception.
Be aware that about 10-20% of known pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Actual rates may be higher as many women miscarry before knowing they are pregnant.
How far along am I?
Having an ultrasound is an important piece in making an informed decision.
Abortion procedures and their associated costs are determined based upon how far along you are in the pregnancy. Having this information will help you better understand what type of abortion procedure you may be eligible to receive along with their associated costs.
A limited medical ultrasound at Prestonwood Pregnancy Center will confirm your pregnancy, including whether the pregnancy is viable at the time of the scan (by confirming a heartbeat) and estimating the gestational age (how many weeks pregnant you are).
What are the different abortion procedures and risks?
There are different abortion procedures for different stages of pregnancy and each of these has its own risks. Please contact us to learn more about the procedures and the risks of each.
What are the abortion laws in Texas?
Texas law prohibits abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, unless you have a life-threatening medical condition or the fetus has a severe abnormality. Texas law requires that after 16 weeks post-fertilization, abortions must be performed at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital.
Additionally, according to the Guttmacher Institute, in Texas the following are additional abortion regulations as of May 1st, 2018:
- Women must receive council informing her about the abortion procedure and the risks involved.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion; the provider must show and describe the image to the woman.
- There is a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours after the sonogram and counselling before the abortion can be performed.
- Private insurance policies and health plans offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion only in cases of life endangerment or if the woman’s health is severely compromised.
- Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol. The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
Are you pregnant? Unsure of what to do next? Confused and looking for clarity? Come to Prestonwood Pregnancy Center for safe and respectful guidance on your next steps. We are centered on you! To book an appointment click here.
What are common reasons a woman seeks an abortion?
Every woman and her circumstances are unique. According to research by Biggs, Gould and Foster (Understanding why women seek abortions in the US) the most common reasons those considering abortion give are the need to care for existing children, financial concerns about having a child, work or school commitments, concerns about their relationship, or becoming a single parent.
Prestonwood Pregnancy Center can help you explore your reasons and help navigate the decision process.
How do I decide whether to have an abortion or not?
It is important that you take your time, gather good information, and consult safe guidance.
Questions to ask:
- Am I ready to be a parent?
- Am I willing to consider other options such as adoption?
- What would it mean for my future if I have a child now?
- Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion?
- Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
- Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or don’t want?
- What is my support system?
I am pregnant, what are my options?
If you are pregnant, you have three basic choices:
- Continue the pregnancy and become a parent.
- Continue the pregnancy and arrange for an adoption, either within your family or through an agency.
- End the pregnancy now by having an abortion.
At Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, we provide lab quality pregnancy tests and sonograms by medically-trained professionals at no charge to our clients. With pregnancy confirmation and an understanding of where you are in your pregnancy, you will be prepared to make an informed decision.Call Us at (972) 386-4015 Locations Book an Appointment